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Atomic Bomb Testing - Bikini Atoll 
1946, January 
  
Silver print 
Swann Galleries - New York 
21 October 2021, Sale 2583, Lot: 141 
  
 
LL/115114 
  
In January 1946, a U.S. nuclear weapon mission dubbed Operation Crossroads began testing atomic bombs on the remote lagoon of Bikini Atoll. Automatic cameras were mounted in towers on the lagoon and Crossroad pilots flew photo specific planes at a safe distance to capture the detonation stages of two atomic explosions, the Baker Day and Able Day blasts. The photographs in this collection showcase aerial views and stationary ground level shots of both blasts at various stages. Silver prints, the images measuring approximately 7x9 inches (17.8x22.9 cm.), the sheets 8x10 inches (20.3x25.4 cm.), and the reverse, most with a numeric hand stamp, on verso, and most accompanied by a typewritten caption. 1946 
 

 
  
 
  
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